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Microgale majori

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA AFROSORICIDA TENRECIDAE

Scientific Name: Microgale majori
Species Authority: Thomas, 1918
Common Name(s):
English Major's Long-tailed Tenrec
Taxonomic Notes: This species was recently resurrected from synonymy with Microgale longicaudata. Furthermore, molecular data suggest there may be two species currently included within M. majori (Olson et al. 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Olson, L. & Goodman, S.
Reviewer(s): Rathbun, G. (Afrotheria Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because, this species is widespread in the eastern forests and at least some western forests of Madagascar. Although it is possibly declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, it is not thought to be threatened yet.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Madagascar. It is widespread and ranges from Manongarivo Special Reserve south to Andohahela National Park in the eastern humid forest, with two potentially disjunct populations occurring in Ambohijanahary Special Reserve and the Analavelona Forest. The known elevational range extends from 785 to 2,000 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found over the entire latitudinal length of the eastern humid forests and some forests in the west. May be semi-arboreal or scansorial. The occurrence of this species in small, isolated forest blocks suggests that it is an adept disperser (Olson et al. 2004).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and fragmentation through conversion of forest to agricultural land, logging activities and fire may threaten the species in the long-term.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas including the Manongarivo, Ambohitantely, and Ambohijanahary Special Reserves; the exterior northern limit of Ivohibe Special Reserve; Andringitra National Park; and Parcel 1 of Andohahela National Park. Further taxonomic studies are needed for this species. A further review of known specimens of M. majori, M. longicaudata and M. principula is needed to elucidate the range of these three species.

Citation: Olson, L. & Goodman, S. 2008. Microgale majori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 November 2014.
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